Interns’ Show: Ancient & Modern Japan, Opening Mar. 21, Gallery 112

Robe (kimono), 1950-1960, silk, 51 in. x 48 in., Scripps College, Claremont, California

Ancient Traditions, Modern Japan:
Japanese Art During the 20th Century

Opening: March 21 at 5:30 pm
March 19th- March 31st, 2018
Gallery 112, Lang Art Building

The delicate patterns on a lady’s comb, the precise lines of a woodblock print, the vibrant flowers of a silk kimono: These objects and others on display in Ancient Traditions, Modern Japan have their roots in centuries-old Japanese traditions. Williamson Gallery interns Marielle Epstein, Gillian Holzer, and Milena Carothers have created an exhibit exploring how traditional Japanese art forms were employed and adapted in the 20th century. This was a period of rapid and significant change in Japan, and indicated a confrontation between ancient traditions and modern globalization.

A variety of media is displayed, including prints, photographs, textiles, and sculpture, providing a broad scope of how the changes of the 20th century manifested in material culture. These objects offer a look at how these changes were represented in urban and domestic spaces, in print and on the body. The exhibition explores the impact of modernization on human life through the eyes of Japanese cultural producers.

Please join the interns for the opening at Gallery 112 on March 21 at 5:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.  This event and the exhibit is free of charge and open to the public. Hours for Gallery 112 are Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 am, and 12:10 to 5 pm. For more information, please contact Brigitte Garney at [email protected] or call (909) 607-2973.

Gallery 112 is located in the Lang Art Building at Scripps College, 250 E. 12th St., between Columbia and Dartmouth avenues.


Image on homepage: Comb With Fans and Mums, (detail), n.d., paint with mother of pearl on plastic, gift of Dr. Ralph Riffenburgh, in honor of Angelyn Kelley Riffenburgh, Scripps College, Claremont, CA